The Islamic Republic will change its approach if Afghanistan fails to respect international regulations and the principles of good neighborliness, says a senior Iranian commander.
The warning by Commander of the Iranian Army's Ground Force Brigadier General Kioumars Heidari came a day after Afghanistan's Taliban forces launched an unprovoked attack across Iran’s southeastern border, prompting a decisive response from the Iranian border guards.
“If the neighboring state respects international border regulations, we will observe [the principles of] good neighborliness in return and display mutual respect,” General Heidari said during a visit to the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.
The commander stressed that Iran would pursue a different approach toward the neighbors if they fail to comply with international regulations. He said the border areas with Afghanistan are under complete control of the Iranian Army's Ground Forces.
Two Iranian border guards were killed and two civilians wounded during the exchange of gunfire on Saturday.
Border guards allow no intrusion into Iran's territory: Deputy police chief
Iran's deputy head of the national police force, Qassem Rezaei, who traveled to Sistan and Baluchestan Province, said on Sunday that there was evidence showing the Taliban initiated the clashes.
“As a military and security body, we have plans to defend and protect borders so that the Iranian people will live in full security,” Rezaei stated.
The Iranian police official placed a premium on employing drones as deterrence to ensure Iran’s border security.
Trade exchanges resume at ‘Milak’ border checkpoint
On Sunday, Director General of Road Maintenance and Transportation of Sistan and Baluchestan Ayyoub Kord said trade exchange at the Milak border checkpoint resumed after a day of suspension.
Iran had stopped trade with Afghanistan at the border checkpoint “until further notice,” Kord said Saturday.